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Demonstration lesson for special ed

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Career Corner received an excellent question from a reader and we wanted to share our expert's response with our readers.

"I'm applying to special education teacher positions, and some schools ask for a demonstration lesson as part of the interview process. I understand what a subject teacher might do, but what would a special ed. demo lesson look like?"

The lesson would look the same as any other lesson. The lesson would need to identify the following:

.The reason for choosing the particular skill chosen. It should note or make reference to the IEP goals and objectives and how it compares to the student performance indicators.

.There should be a description of the classroom arrangement and special situations and the target group of students. Sometimes, depending on the classroom configuration of students, multiple lessons are taught simultaneously with the assistance of paraprofessionals as facilitators.

.A detailed list of materials and their uses for the different learners.

.There should be a clear description of how paraprofessionals are going to be used.

.The plan should be written clearly with detailed steps and outcomes.

--Jeff Mayo, Director of Human Resources
Shelby County Schools, Memphis, TN

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